Analysts rate SunOpta Inc.(SOY:TSX) with a Hold rating and a target price of $10

by: Gillian Lawrence
SunOpta stock forecast

Analysts rate SunOpta Inc. with a consensus Hold rating and a 12-month average target price of $10 per share.

Based on the SunOpta stock forecast from 9 analysts, the average analyst target price for SunOpta Inc. is CAD 11.72 over the next 12 months. SunOpta Inc.’s average analyst rating is Hold . Stock Target Advisor’s own stock analysis of SunOpta Inc. is Slightly Bearish, which is based on 3 positive signals and 7 negative signals. At the last closing, SunOpta Inc.’s stock price was CAD 12.85SunOpta Inc.’s stock price has changed by -3.96% over the past week, -6.20% over the past month and +16.50% over the last year.

About SunOpta Inc. (SOY:CA:TSX)

SunOpta Inc. manufactures and sells plant-based and fruit-based food and beverage products to retail customers, foodservice distributors, branded food companies, and food manufacturers worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Plant-Based Foods and Beverages, and Fruit-Based Foods and Beverages. The Plant-Based Foods and Beverages segment provides plant-based beverages, and liquid and dry ingredients that utilizes almond, soy, coconut, oat, hemp, and other bases, as well as broths, teas, and nutritional beverages. This segment also packages dry- and oil-roasted in-shell sunflower and sunflower kernels; and processes and sells raw sunflower inshell and kernel for food and feed applications. The Fruit-Based Foods and Beverages segment offers individually quick frozen (IQF) fruits, such as strawberries, blueberries, mangos, pineapples, blends, and other berries for retail; and IQF and bulk frozen fruits, including purées, toppings, and smoothies for foodservice, and custom fruit preparations for industrial use. This segment also provides fruit snacks comprising bars, twists, ropes, and bite-sized products. The company was formerly known as Stake Technology Ltd. and changed its name to SunOpta Inc. in October 2003. SunOpta Inc. was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

What we like:

Underpriced compared to earnings

The stock is trading low compared to its peers on a price to earning basis and is in the top quartile. It may be underpriced but do check its financial performance to make sure there is no specific reason.

Positive free cash flow

The company had positive total free cash flow in the most recent four quarters.

Superior Earnings Growth

This stock has shown top quartile earnings growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector.

What we don’t like:

High volatility

The total returns for this company are volatile and above median for its sector over the past 5 years. Make sure you have the risk tolerance for investing in such stock.

Overpriced compared to book value

The stock is trading high compared to its peers median on a price to book value basis.

Poor capital utilization

The company management has delivered below median return on invested capital in the most recent 4 quarters compared to its peers.

Poor return on assets

The company management has delivered below median return on assets in the most recent 4 quarters compared to its peers.

Negative cashflow

The company had negative total cash flow in the most recent four quarters.

Overpriced on free cash flow basis

The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price to free cash flow basis. It is priced above the median for its sectors. Proceed with caution if you are considering to buy.

Low Revenue Growth

This stock has shown below median revenue growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector.

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